News Line for Fayetteville

Fayetteville gives final approval to junior college
The vote to approve the upcoming construction of the Georgia Military College campus on Veterans Parkway in West Fayetteville came with a unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council at the Aug. 21 meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Changing of the guard for Fayetteville’s finances
Fayetteville’s longtime finance director Lynn Robinson has retired and gone from City Hall. Filling her position is former auditor and Henry County finance director Mike Bush.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville OKs rule changes to allow golf carts on many city sidewalks
Fayetteville’s ordinance on motorized carts is now in line with those of Fayette County’s other jurisdictions. The amendment passed by unanimous vote of the City Council at the Aug. 21 meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

GMC proposal back before Fayetteville City Council
The proposed development of Georgia Military College will be back on the agenda for the Aug. 21 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Lafayette Place proposal tabled
A proposal that would establish 239 independent living, assisted living and memory care units along Ga. Highway 54 in The Villages development was tabled Aug. 7 by the Fayetteville City Council at the request of the applicant.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville police accreditation renewed
The Fayetteville Police Dept. has received its fifth accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) review board.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Second hearing set on GMC site in Fayetteville
An Aug. 7 public hearing before the Fayetteville City Council that had Ga. Military College (GMC) proposing to construct a new campus in West Fayetteville came with few questions from council members. A second public hearing and a likely vote on the proposal will come Aug. 21.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Cart use measure tabled in Fayetteville
A measure by the Fayetteville City Council to align the use of motorized carts in Fayetteville with the county’s other jurisdictions was tabled at the Aug.7 meeting to give city staff time to obtain clarification on the use of golf carts on sidewalks adjacent to state roadways.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Hood Ave./Hwy. 92 realignment project moving forward
The Ga. Highway 92/Hood Avenue realignment project that will significantly impact the traffic flow on Fayetteville’s north side and in the downtown area is about to move a step closer to reality.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Our Town: Fayetteville
When the discussion turns to juvenile gang violence, it’s not usual to hear the city of Fayetteville mentioned. That may be because the city is proactive about keeping its youth focused on school and community.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fayetteville, county working on aid agreement
The issue of automatic aid between Fayetteville and Fayette County is still alive.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville council to consider road project
The Fayetteville City Council is expected to select a low bid for a project that will lead to the realignment of some of the streets on the city’s north side.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville junior college gets planners’ OK
A request by Georgia Military College that would put the first college built from the ground up in Fayette County received unanimous approval by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Planning Commission on senior complex: ‘Good project, bad location’
The proposal was good but the location was not. That was the decision by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22, recommending that the proposed Fayette Place senior housing community along Ga. Highway 54 be denied by the City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville agrees to 90-day extension of joint aid contract
Along with the many changes to the Fayetteville budget adopted July 17 was a recommendation of another kind. The City Council on a 4-1 vote agreed to take over all permitting and inspections in the West Fayetteville area that primarily includes Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville adopts FY ’15 budget with no net tax increase
What had been a proposed FY 2015 budget with a quarter-mill property tax increase and a half-mill increase for capital improvements turned out to be no increase at all.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Golf carts on Fayetteville sidewalks being eyed
A measure by the Fayetteville City Council to align the use of motorized carts in Fayetteville with the county’s other jurisdictions was tabled at the July 17 meeting to give city staff time to review the idea of allowing carts on city sidewalks.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville losing 70 years of institutional knowledge
Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton is in the final months of his job. The city is advertising the job and expects to have Morton’s replacement in place by mid-October.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville, county still at a standoff on fire response
The standoff over fire services between Fayette County and Fayetteville is still heating up. Fayetteville on July 11 said the county agreed to automatic aid in 1997 but the county on July 14 maintains that the agreement was only for mutual aid.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville faces budget deadline, eyes quarter-mill tax hike
The July 17 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council should be one for the books. The council is expected to address a litany of issues with the most controversial being the FY 2015 general fund budget.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayette cuts automatic fire aid to Fayetteville
A June 27 letter from Fayette County Manager Steve Rapson about discontinuing the county’s automatic aid agreement with the Fayetteville Fire Department may have resulted in unexpected consequences.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville planners see plans for 239-unit senior complex
It has been a couple of years since the last residential development for ages 55 and up was presented in Fayetteville.
Source: Fayette Citizen

GMC unveils its West Fayetteville college campus plan
Georgia Military College announced its intention in April to construct a college campus in Fayetteville. The plan for the campus on the west side of the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road was included in a staff report at the June 24 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville looks at 0.25 mill increase at July 10 session
The city will end the fiscal year in July with a $9.8 million general fund budget. The proposed FY 2015 budget shows $10.43 million in revenues, with $171,469 of that amount coming from the proposed quarter-mill increase.
Source: Fayette Citizen

At 210 units, Fayetteville OKs its 2nd largest apartments complex
The Lafayette Square proposal that will bring luxury apartments to The Villages development on Ga. Highway 54 West within walking distance to downtown Fayetteville was approved by unanimous vote June 19.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville hikes transient tax 60%
Fayetteville will join a number of neighboring cities by increasing the hotel/motel tax to 8 percent. The additional funds generated over the current 5 percent rate will be used for promotional efforts and tourism development.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville raises trash pickup rate, but keeps discount for seniors
Seniors in Fayetteville will continue to receive a 15 percent discount for trash pick-up, but they, along with all other customers, will pay a bit more for the service.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville budget, tax rate, water bills headed up
After years of static taxes and reduced city budgets, living in Fayetteville is about to get a little more expensive.
Source: Fayette Citizen

County shifts fire coverage
There has been a small shift in fire coverage involving Fayette County and Fayetteville. The county has re-opened Station No. 4 across from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and has transferred the county ambulance to that station from its former location at the city fire department a few blocks to the west
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville hikes motel tax to 8%
If you want to stay in a Fayetteville motel, expect to pay more in taxes on your room.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council overturns mayor’s veto; car wash OK’d
A May 1 vote by the Fayetteville City Council approved the proposed Tidal Wave car wash on Ga. Highway 85 at Ga. Highway 314 on a 4-1 vote. A subsequent veto by Mayor Greg Clifton was overturned by the council on June 5, also on a 4-1 vote.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville’s first concierge apartments sail through council
The Fayetteville City Council on June 5 conducted the first of two public hearings on the Lafayette Square luxury apartment proposal.
Source: Fayette Citizen

210 apartments on Fayetteville agenda Thursday
Fayetteville’s entrée to the world of luxury apartments, those which include high-end amenities and concierge-level services, will be on the Fayetteville City Council’s agenda June 5.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Rare mayoral veto on the agenda June 5 for Fayetteville
The agenda for the June 5 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will feature a full range of items that include a decision on Mayor Greg Clifton’s veto of the Tidal Wave car wash vote, approval of a bid on the Stonewall Avenue sidewalk project, an increase in the hotel/motel tax and a public hearing on the Lafayette Square luxury apartment proposal.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville fire vote may cost city $900,000 in road funds
The recent 3-to-2 Fayetteville City Council vote that snuffed out Fayette County’s push to consolidate city and county fire departments also may have cost the city nearly $900,000 in county help to construct a massive traffic realignment, including three roundabouts, at the busy Ga. highways 85/92 and Hood Avenue intersection.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayette may back off fire aid to Fayetteville
Fayette County officials are studying a potential reduction of fire services provided to residents in the city of Fayetteville, in the wake of a second failed attempt to consolidate the city and county fire departments.
Source: Fayette Citizen

One more piece in place for big Fayetteville roundabout
Round and round we go, and Fayetteville is now one step closer to what will be the much-delayed Hood Avenue/Ga. Highway 92/Jeff Davis Drive Connector with included roundabout, intended to help mitigate the gridlock caused by the tens of thousands of vehicles that pass through the downtown area each day.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville OKs 2 of 3 requests for controversial car wash
The Fayetteville City Council on May 1 approved two of the three requests involving the construction of the Tidal Wave Car Wash at 750 North Glynn Street at Ga. Highway 314
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville honors city clerk
Fayetteville City Clerk Anne Barksdale was recognized May 1 by Mayor Greg Clifton and the City Council for her service to the city as part of Georgia’s Municipal Clerks Week.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Crowd united, Fayetteville Council split 3-2 against fire merger
It was a split 3-to-2 City Council vote to keep Fayetteville’s Fire Department just the way it is, but there was no such split in the sometimes rowdy crowd that gathered in support of their city firefighters.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville rejects fire consolidation by a 3-2 vote
It lasted more than four hours, but in the end the Fayetteville City Council Wednesday night voted 3-2 against consolidating the city’s fire department with Fayette County fire services. And the crowd roared with approval.
Source: Fayette Citizen

‘If I were mayor’ winner honored
It is a tradition in Fayetteville for the City Council each year to sponsor an essay contest with the topic “If I Were Mayor, I Would ...”
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville votes 3-2 to back DDA loan
A proposal by the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority to have the city back a loan so DDA can purchase the former dress shop at Lanier Avenue and Glynn Street for re-sale was approved April 17 by the City Council on a 3-2 vote.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville may back loan to buy store on courthouse square
The April 17 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will include a proposal that the city back a loan for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to purchase a building on the courthouse square for re-sale and to discuss City Manager Joe Morton’s request that he step down from the board of the Fayette County Development Authority.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council may be split on county’s proposal to take over city fire department
The members of the Fayetteville City Council joined with four of the five Fayette County commissioners on April 9 for a public presentation of the proposed consolidation of the Fayetteville Fire Department with Fayette County’s Fire and Emergency Services.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville’s new gas pump max: 12
A unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council on April 3 will increase the number of gas pumps allowed at service stations and convenience stores
Source: Fayette Citizen

GMC to open junior college campus near Pinewood Studios by summer 2015
Georgia Military College announced April 11 it intends to locate a new campus in Fayetteville, Ga., in anticipation of population growth in that area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayette presses Fayetteville for fire dept. consolidation
A proposal to consolidate the Fayetteville and Fayette County fire departments is being floated again by county officials.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Pinewood Studios will pay reduced taxes for 20 years
While various local officials have been enthusiastic about the projected financial impact of the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in central Fayette County, many among the public may have been unaware that the big development received a significant property tax break bestowed by the Fayette County Development Authority.
Source: Fayette Citizen

210 luxury concierge apartments for Fayetteville?
The evolution of Fayetteville began last year with the initial construction of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and continued early this year with the first dozen vendor companies locating here to support the film industry.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville gets a movie role; traffic halts
Motorists traveling through Fayetteville should expect sporadic traffic delays as Hollywood comes to town.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville ditches permits for movie sets
A zoning amendment adopted March 20 by the Fayetteville City Council will enable movie and television crews to set up temporary set designs and backdrops used in filming without having to obtain a building permit.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Police seek national re-accreditation
On Sunday, March 30, 2014, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Fayetteville for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve national accreditation.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council prepares to ease permitting path for Pinewood
It may have been a housekeeping item, but the first reading of a zoning amendment dealing with building and environmental permitting will provide for back lot productions at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

‘Seaside on steroids’ next to Pinewood Atlanta Studios?
The Fayetteville City Council at its Feb. 25 retreat got a glimpse of what could be the future of approximately 200 acres adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Service delivery for West Fayetteville studied
The Fayetteville City Council retreat held Feb. 25 included a number of topics related to the recently annexed West Fayetteville area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Fire Dept. consolidation eyed - again
The idea of consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with the Fayette County Fire Dept. is back for the second time in two years.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Diverging diamonds suggested to improve Fayetteville traffic
Whether at noon on weekdays or anytime in the afternoon through rush hour, motorists traveling through downtown Fayetteville are accustomed to traffic that backs up in all four directions.
Source: Fayette Citizen